Although I received the news from my oncologist last week, I've hesitated to formally write about it until I had the scans and complete report in my hot little hands. I need visual confirmation for most things...my ability to have faith is still a work in progress.
The news was good. It has been almost one year since I finished radiation treatment and it was expected that my tumor would start to show some improvement around this time. Fortunately, back in May at the 6 month post-radiation mark, my tumor already showed signs of shrinkage. And it is still continuing to shrink!
Here is the report:
MRI with and without intravenous contrast, 11/14/13. There has been further decrease in the size of the heterogeneously enhancing multiobulated infiltrating soft tissue lesion involving the left obturator internus muscle and adjoining pelvic soft tissues. The lesion currently measures about 11.5cm x 7.3cm x 11.2cm, having decreased from 12.8cm x 8.0cm x 11.5cm in size on 5/21/13. The mass effect upon the bladder, vagina, and the uterus has also decreased over the interval. The left perineal fat is preserved. No suspicious osseous lesion is identified. No pathologically enlarged lymphadenopathy by size criteria is present.
Here is the best slide that I could find. The arrow is pointing to the tumor that had started to extend to my gluteus muscle a year ago last summer.
Whew. I feel SO MUCH BETTER.